LONDON – Harry and Meghan must be particularly affected by the Christmas spirit this year. Friends close to the couple have sent the news to the media that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would have great pleasure in spending the holidays at Sandringham, the residence of the royal family, together with the King. After all, it is noted, grandfather Charles knows little – or not at all – the grandchildren Archie, 4 years old, and Lilibet, 2. Therefore, after a bomb interview with Oprah peppered with accusations of racism, a controversial documentary, and a devastating autobiography in which Harry first of all tears Camilla to pieces (but also father, brother and daughter-in-law don’t come out very well) the two would have decided that now “the past is the past”. And never mind if the apologies repeatedly requested by the royal family never arrived. It’s a shame, however, that the Queen, understandably, doesn’t really want to see them, and consequently neither does the King. Not to mention the current Prince and Princess of Wales. According to the English tabloids, the two brothers have not spoken to each other for at least a year.
A trust problem
But beyond the desire or otherwise to lay down the hatchet, there is a problem of trust that is difficult to repair: thanks to the work of the Sussexes in recent years, there is no longer the certainty that what happens in the family remains in family. And this is an extremely sore point for the sovereign. The fact that Buckingham Palace did not, as per tradition, send official greetings to Harry and Meghan’s birthdays would also demonstrate that the relationship between father and son is at a bare minimum. And that the Prince felt the need, last November 14, to let the press know that he would make a phone call to his father to wish him happy birthday on his 75th birthday. The couple’s detractors complain that the couple would like to get closer to their family after some work projects failed before they were born and their consensus even overseas is collapsing to historic lows.